2012 Kentucky Derby (G1)

5/5/2012, Churchill Downs
Post Time:
6:24 PM ET
1 1/4 m (Dirt)
3 M
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.
FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next StartHRN
1st I'll Have Another
Flower Alley
D. O'Neill
M. Gutierrez
1st, 2012 Preakness Stakes (G1) View Video
2nd Bodemeister
Empire Maker
B. Baffert
M. Smith
2nd, 2012 Preakness Stakes (G1) View Video
3rd Dullahan
Even the Score
D. Romans
K. Desormeaux
8th, 2013 Pacific Classic (G1) View Video
4th Went The Day Well
Proud Citizen
H. Motion
J. Velazquez
5th, Aqu AlwOC (3/3/2013-R2)
5th Creative Cause
Giant's Causeway
M. Harrington
J. Rosario
3rd, 2012 Preakness Stakes (G1) View Video
6th Liaison
Indian Charlie
B. Baffert
M. Garcia
6th, 2013 Awesome Again (G1) View Video
7th Union Rags
Dixie Union
M. Matz
J. Leparoux
1st, 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) View Video
8th Rousing Sermon
Lucky Pulpit
J. Hollendorfer
J. Lezcano
6th, 2014 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) View Video
9th Hansen
M. Maker
R. Dominguez
4th, 2012 West Virginia Derby (G2)
10th Daddy Nose Best
Scat Daddy
S. Asmussen
G. Gomez
3rd, 2014 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3)
11th Optimizer
English Channel
D. Lukas
J. Court
9th, 2014 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1)
12th Alpha
K. McLaughlin
R. Maragh
5th, 2014 Mac Diarmida (G2) View Video
13th El Padrino
T. Pletcher
R. Bejarano
2nd, GP AlwOC (12/19/2012-R4)
14th Done Talking
Broken Vow
H. Smith
S. Russell
2nd, Lrl AlwOC (2/28/2013-R8)
15th Sabercat
Bluegrass Cat
S. Asmussen
C. Nakatani
6th, OP Allow (3/15/2014-R6)
16th Gemologist
T. Pletcher
J. Castellano
6th, 2012 Haskell Invitational (G1) View Video
17th Trinniberg
B. Parboo
W. Martinez
9th, 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) View Video
18th Prospective
Malibu Moon
M. Casse
L. Contreras
7th, 2013 King Edward (G2)
19th Take Charge Indy
A. P. Indy
P. Byrne
C. Borel
7th, 2013 Monmouth Cup (G2) View Video
20th Daddy Long Legs
Scat Daddy
A. O'Brien
C. O'Donoghue
12th, 2014 Handicap View Video

What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1)...

And after one year, 1/2 of this derby field are no longer racing. Of those 10 horses who are still racing, 9 are expected to run next year. Of those nine, only 5 have started or publicly worked since June. In those five are graded stakes horses Optimizer and Alpha, stakes horse Daddy Nose Best, and allowance horses Sabercat and Rousing Sermon. FYI: That is not good for the handicap division!
Wow this field is retireing like crazy!
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  • tmallios1 · Unfortunately Ruffian,i have to disagree with you about Optimizr. I think he danced 1 to many dance in the Spring.Alpha is a nice horse,very small in build.He is one that if he is spaced properly can do damage.I think he might need a couple of months between efforts. Trinniberg,i have never been a fan,maybe because he took so much money from me by winning and ,my not playing him. · 183 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Also Ruffian,do not forget Nov. 30th. 4 Graded Stakes at AQUEDUCT. Remsen,Demoiselle,Cigar Mile and the Comely. · 183 days ago ·
Proving that you do not need to be old to be a legend, Bodemeister is the subject of today’s Arkansas Derby Legend.Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · Brian, Bodemeister was magnificent in opening people's eyes of his potential. Sorry that I was harping on Curlin. I always look forward to your story. · 369 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · Thank you, CauseForConcern. · 369 days ago ·
WinStar Farm is pleased to announce the highly anticipated return of its very popular Fantasy Derby contest. Fantasy Derby 2012 is free for racing fans, easy to play, and offers the very best in possible prizes. Read More
  • Peppermint Paddy · Not liking the contest layout this year. You can't see other peoples picks, and instead of displaying your stable name on the leaderboard, they post your real name. As far as I know, they're not doing add-ons this year. · 429 days ago ·
Yesterday, in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap at Fair Grounds, the Optimizer Bunny notched his second stakes win on turf with an emphatic 3 ½ length score over String King. Under his most familiar rider, Jon Court, Optimizer spurted right out to the early lead with a strong first quarter, and then...Read More
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  • goblin · He certainly has been mismanaged, but recently seems to be on the right track (literally as well as figuratively). Maybe Lukas is ready to leave this horse on the turf and allow him to begin to thrive where he does best. · 442 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · His history would suggest otherwise · 442 days ago ·
Maybe not to the extent of great American pioneers like Albert Einstein, Henry Ford or the Wright Brothers, but my money is on Kerry Thomas, who I believe will revolutionize the thought process of breeding and purchasing thoroughbred race horses, and is poised to start a racing partnership much diff...Read More
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  • goblin · My computer is doing it's own thing this A.M. I've been learning about Kerry Thomas and THT from Pete's blog on BH, and I think the herd dynamic approach has much promise. So glad to see this write-up here on HRN. · 454 days ago ·
  • UnionRagsRules · I have always thought this is how race horses should be looked at. Forget pedigree and conformation, look into the horse for the heart it requires to win such a title. · 453 days ago ·
When last seen, Mark Valeski looked like a million bucks while winning Belmont’s Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes last May...Read More
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  • johnsnare · Just love to hear that the horse comes first. Bravo, Mr.Jones, you are one of a kind. Hopefully, Mark Valeski, will have a brilliant career, as an older horse. there a plenty of races in the future. · 460 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · good colt last years does not mean good colt this year.......Dozens and dozens of examples · 460 days ago ·
Join Gary Quill as he counts down the best of Maryland in 2012...Read More
What was your favorite race of the year?Read More
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  • Paladin · Don't forget about the dead heat in the Travers · 481 days ago ·
  • jay s. · Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby and Shackleford's Met Mile, Churchill Downs, and Clark. · 481 days ago ·
Can anyone else recall such a dominating Juvenile season by a single trainer?Read More
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  • UnionRagsRules · the comments above me gave me a good chuckle. · 483 days ago ·
  • annmatt · Maybe so, but I would rather see Dale Romans who has had a spectacular season get the Eclipse for Trainer. A statistic I would be more interested in seeing would be the percentage of horses that get to the races and wind up ITM. Pletcher has an abundance of trainees, so, theoretically, he should be at the top of the lists every year. Other trainers do a lot more with less, it seems to me. If you are looking for quality and not quantity, Dale Romans wins it hands down. JMHO · 483 days ago ·
With the new Kentucky Derby points system, the Holy Bull and Florida Derby may not be enough to get Shanghai Bobby to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.Read More
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  • kay.robinett · Flordaf, I believe that Jackson Bend, who along with Shack is notable for his soundness in recent years, also had at least three preps before his Derby. He also had a long nice career. Buackpasser, what Nerud says makes sense to me. Makes me hope that both Jackson Bend, Shack, Musket Man, Musketier, and others who proved to have long sound careers in recent years get huge books of high quality mares!!! · 493 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · Kay, you're correct. Jackson Bend had three prep races before the KY Derby; all three were graded stakes races, and he finished third in all three of them. JB and Shack were gutsy hard-knocking horses, and it's these stallions that we need to breed our mares to. Our sport is in desperate need of some new, sound genes. · 493 days ago ·
Let's take a look at some Kentucky Derby facts and trends to look out for as the 2013 road to the roses begins...Read More
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  • Armada · The image used for this article fits very well with Animal Kingdom, Muchu Macho Man, and Shackleford all there. All whom have done so well since that picture was taken. And of course you cant discount Nehro, whom we will hopefully see next year. All top four finishers. I think it is a much stronger crop than I did back then. · 502 days ago ·
  • DeltaT · I think with the new Kentucy Derby point system we will see a more often raced horse winning the Derby. At the same time we also may see points chasing/shipping more this Derby trail too with smaller barns and shallower pocket owners giving way to the bigger better funded connections. · 494 days ago ·
Shoudl Wise Dan or I'll Have Another take Horse of the Year title. I'll look in recent history to tell me what s going to happen.Read More
This Delta Downs Jackpot does not have the Kentucky Derby entry impact that it has had in the pastRead More
  • BrianZipse · It's funny now that the Jackpot is not as important to qualifying for the Kentucky Derby that it has attracted one of its strongest overall fields. · 515 days ago ·
  • kentuckyderbypost · Good point. This field definitely has potential and has a few that could return to the Derby Prep scene as a contender. · 515 days ago ·
Is a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Champion ready to wear the roses once again?Read More
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  • ruffian75 · Good article, Bryan. A question that came to mind: There are only five to have won the Ky Derby after having ran in the Juvenile. If I recall, they don't seem to do much after that. Seems Street Sense took a back seat to Curlin, thereafter. I guess Alysheba would be the exception to this rule, but I would think that, for the most part, that if they pursue this road to the Derby, it might not go much further? · 522 days ago ·
  • kentuckyderbypost · Ruffian75 - Fair point. Sea Hero raced as a 4 yr old but his best performance was a win in the Travers also at age 3. KY Derby was Mine That Bird’s last win, 0 for 9 after. Street Sense was retired after his 3-yr-old season but not before winning the Jim Dandy and Travers. Alysheba is the exception, raced at age 4 and won the BC Classic along with 5 other Grade 1 races. · 522 days ago ·
The latest future odds from Wynn Las Vegas offer some newcomers to the Road to the 2013 Kentucky Derby.Read More
  • cocoa2 · I would be more interested in reading the article if the future kentucky derby odds could be easily read... · 553 days ago ·
  • cocoa2 · http://blogs.courier-journal.com/racing/2012/10/02/2013-kentucky-derby-future-odds-from-wynn-las-vegas/ · 553 days ago ·
There's a lot of speculation that All Weather Tracks don't set up well for the Juvenile but the trend is changing. Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · Also, there has been NO winners from the Alcibiades go on to take the BC Juvenile Fillies since the change to Polytrack, although there were only two from when the race was on dirt. · 558 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Read The Durnkard's Walk to learn that correlations are not causations. Great book abut statistics and gambling too. · 557 days ago ·
Archwarrior, Shanghai Bobby, and Micromanage give Pletcher great odds of popping the cork for the 4th time. Read More
  • BrianZipse · What's all the rumpus over Archwarrior? We may just find out in less than 48 hours... · 558 days ago ·
  • notobsessed · when I saw the name Micromanage, i knew it had to be a Repole horse · 558 days ago ·
Buckle up, the first Graded Stakes race that holds qualification potential for the BC Juvenile and Kentucky Derby is here for a Super Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More
If you had a mare who could breed to any horse that ran in the Kentucky Derby this year, who would you breed her to?
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  • shores · IHA. He was the most consistent of all the horses that ran, and was able to handle distances from 5.5 furlongs to 10 furlongs, and he was able to do it consistently. · 566 days ago ·
  • shores · That was kind of redundant, sorry. · 566 days ago ·